2:00 PM ET, March 13, 2013
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- Jim Boeheim couldn't help but think of the last three-plus decades as he entered Madison Square Garden on Wednesday for a big game for Syracuse.The Orange managed a 75-63 victory against Seton Hall to advance to the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament -- Syracuse's last as it heads for the Atlantic Coast Conference next season."I was thinking about all the times coming here," Boeheim said after his 48th Big East tournament win, 13 more than the second-place coach. "I first came to the Garden when I was a sophomore in college, the old, old Garden. Seems like about 50 years ago. Oh, it was 50 years ago.
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MVP: James Southerland was unstoppable. He scored 20 points and made six of his nine 3-point attempts. The 6-foot-8 forward was on fire all afternoon. It was clear in the first half that Seton Hall wouldn't have an answer for him.
X Factor: Syracuse's offense stalled early, but the Orange began to flow in the second half once Michael Carter-Williams relaxed. MCW finished with 14 assists (tying a Big East tournament record) and just one turnover. It was a near-flawless performance for the maestro.
That was somewhat exciting: Syracuse and Seton Hall made folks pay attention with a game that was more exciting that many had anticipated. The Pirates were on fire from the 3-point line (10-for-20) and led by double digits in the first half. And Southerland was in Beast Mode. That made for an intriguing matchup until Syracuse pulled away in the second half.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-41 (.512)||27-48 (.563)|
|3P Made-Attempted||10-20 (.500)||9-15 (.600)|
|FT Made-Attempted||11-17 (.647)||12-19 (.632)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|
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